So. The inauguration happened fairly smoothly (depending on how you’d like to look at it) and only resulted in the marching of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of women around the world. No biggie, I guess.
We’ve hit day four of the Annoying Orange’s reign – only fifteen hundred days to go until he’s gone – and Trump is already causing chaos for those poor, poor people we call Americans. The great fox has been let loose in the chicken pen, and he’s already caused more terror than most can handle.
I mean, we all knew he was petty; he’s had too many Twitter arguments to bother counting and gave us probably the most frustrating presidential debates the world has ever seen. But the President has trumped himself by refusing to accept the photographic proof of his weedy inauguration crowd, and just pissed the rest of us off in the meantime with awkward backtracks, asking his minions Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway to do the dirty public statements for him.
And through the delightful Kellyanne Conway, we enter the wonderful Orwellian world of the ‘alternative’ – the concept that somehow this President is allowed to have his own truth as well as the actual truth. The word ‘doublethink’ comes to mind, for any 1984 fans out there. In fact, so many people spotted the resemblance that Orwell’s classic and ever-relevant dystopian novel has shot to number six on the Amazon bestselling charts. To be honest, that relieves me more than anything else – it gives me hope that more people will be opening their eyes to the terrifying parallels between dystopian states and the United States.
We can’t have concepts like this; books and essays by Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and countless other authors are there to warn us away from allowing people like this to find too much power. They seem a million miles away now, but none of the totalitarian states in which these novels are set are impossible, especially now that one of the most powerful nations in the world has basically gone to shit.
As if that wasn’t enough to worry about, millions of unlucky people who have vaginas face a new threat. Trump, encompassed by other white men, signed the Anti-Abortion Executive Order yesterday that prevents U.S. funding reaching international government-independent organisations if they offer abortion as one option for helping women with reproductive health. Women’s rights are being reversed far too quickly, and it’s not fair. I can almost guarantee that, were the roles reversed and men were the ones who gave birth, Trump would put endless funding into it and shamelessly promote it through hashtags.
All in all, he’s just a mess. America is, currently, a mess. And the worst part is that it’ll probably take something even more extreme for Trump supporters to realise that their President may not be the powerful man who can make America great again, and by that point it’ll most likely be too late. In the meantime, the rest of us have to hope and pray that journalism remains honest, the internet isn’t censored, and dear old Melania sells enough of her lovely bracelets to keep the U.S. above water.